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So Much For Her “Very White” Divorce: Toni Braxton Reportedly Takes Ex To Court For Back Child Support
Considering how well they appear to get along on “Braxton Family Values,” Toni Braxton and her ex-husband, Keri Lewis, are the last people that we would expect to see in family court. But apparently, friendship is never guaranteed in divorce and co-parenting.
According to The Jasmine Brand, the six-time Grammy Award-winning singer reportedly filed documents with the family courts in Georgia back in October in an attempt to acquire back child support from the former Mint Condition singer. In addition to paying the past due balance, Braxton is asking Lewis to begin paying the $2,000 per month that he was originally ordered to pay.
Interestingly, less than one year ago, the singer-turned-reality-star bragged to Bethenny Frankel about having a “very white” divorce because she got along so well with her ex-husband. I suppose that this means they’re now experiencing black divorce, according to Ms. Braxton’s standards. As you may recall, the two married in 1998, separated in 2009 and finally had their divorce finalized in 2013.
Pettiness aside, it was very refreshing to see the former couple getting along so well, so it really sucks to see that she has been forced to get the courts involved in their family’s affairs. Hopefully, these two can iron out whatever issues they’re experiencing and return to co-parenting their sons, Denim Cole and Diezel Ky, in a friendly manner.
“I Made A Name For My Own Self Too”: Tamar Might Be Done With “Braxton Family Values” Because It’s Hurting Relationships With Her Sisters
This hasn’t been the best season of “Braxton Family Values” for all the sisters. And even though they’ve all made strides in their careers, we’ve watched the tension grow between them. One big issue this time around has been the fact that certain people feel Tamar does not give enough credit to sister Toni for paving the way for her current musical success. On the other side of the fence, Tamar acknowledges that Toni has opened doors for the family, but that she has worked hard on her own to build up her name outside of Toni. That drama spilled over to social media recently, and it was starting to look like the show was creating a rift in the relationships of the Braxton sisters.
In a new interview with Renada Romain of Ear Candy Mornings, Tamar and Vince Herbert talked about all the drama and why “Braxton Family Values” might not be a good fit for her anymore.
Renada: “Do you think you need to leave the show?”
Tamar: “I have not quite made up my mind yet.”
Renada: “But it is something you’ve been thinking about?”
Tamar: “Definitely. I feel like I really work hard for everything I have. Nothing has been handed to me, no matter if people want to contribute that to Toni’s success or Vincent’s success. At the end of the day, I have to get up early every day and bust my behind just like everybody else. So for me, I don’t want to be depicted as a person that I’m completely not. If I signed up for a reality show that’s one thing. But if I signed up for a scripted show, that’s another thing. I’m not into that.”
Vince: “It’s not worth Tamar’s relationship with her sisters. That’s what attracted me to this woman. She loves her family so hard. At the end of the day, Toni Braxton is Toni Braxton. The way they will turn…Tamar also said in that line, ‘and so much you have done for our family,’ but that line got cut off. It’s a little sad for me to watch my wife defend herself when I know how much she loves her family. Each and every one of them, including her mom and her dad. Because I know that 11 years ago, I saw this woman loving her family so hard. And for people to see THAT and make that decision, that’s not who they’re looking at because that’s not her and that’s not true.”
Tamar: “I don’t know if people remember, but last promos, I walked around with a Toni Braxton T-shirt! I’m trying to figure out when did Toni Braxton become a problem in my life? I look up to her!”
Renada: “Tamar, what’s the one thing that you think is the biggest misconception about you? Because a lot of people, I don’t think they knew that you had four record deals prior to the show. They think it happened overnight! But you’ve been grinding for a while.”
Tamar: “For a while…I think that now, the one that has been created is the saying that I have a big head and that I think I’m the diva. Or I think that I don’t owe anything to my sister, Toni Braxton. At the end of the day, yeah, she made the Braxton name very famous because she worked her behind off. I can’t take that away from her. But then again, you can’t take away from me the fact that, at the end of the day, I made a name for my own self too, and that’s okay.”
I would have to agree that it might be time for Tamar to move away from this show. Anything that entertains others but hurts the relationships with family that make you happy is simply not worth it. Besides, does Tamar really need to be on this show anymore?
“It’s Like You Have A Disease”: Stars Who Say They Were Ostracized In The Industry For Getting Pregnant
During a recent episode of “Where Are They Now?” with Oprah, Vivica A. Fox said that one of her biggest regrets was that she didn’t have a child. This is something she spoke about in the past, saying that her concern with her career made her put motherhood on the back burner for quite some time.
“I just had been for the last 20 years so focused on Vivica and my career and what was the next job and what was the next thing I could do to…[breaks down].
You get to that point too where you’re like, you can’t [have a child] and then you get a lot of people who are like, ‘Oh well, you can adopt’ and maybe I can. But I did want to try to have my own child.”
She might have halted on having a child to keep her career hot, but it definitely seems that she might have been met with a lot of resistance and disappointment by people in the industry if she did get pregnant. The following famous women have said on more than one occasion that when they revealed that they were with child, those around them were NOT happy. In Hollywood, white hot careers come first…
“Do The Grammy’s Have A Duet With Auto Tune Category Yet?”: Tamar Braxton Throws Shade At Big Sister Traci On Twitter
From the outside looking in, it would make sense for people to say that Toni Braxton is a major part of the reasons why her sisters are famous. If she hadn’t taken part in “Braxton Family Values” in 2011, there probably wouldn’t have been a reason for people to watch or the chance for the show to happen at all. And Tamar, Traci, Trina and Towanda wouldn’t have been able to take that spotlight and flip it into albums, business ventures and more. But when the sisters had a conversation on their reality show recently about what Toni knows about the business, and the impact she had on their careers, things got heated between Trina and Tamar.
When sister Traci decided to put her two cents in later by posting a pic of Toni, reminding EVERYONE that she paved the way for the Braxtons to be successful, Tamar didn’t like that.
This little lady right here, my big sis @tonibraxton is the reason I am here today! She paved the way for all of us to be successful!
A fan seeing the picture of Toni holding one of her Grammys told Traci that she would get one soon (“your going to get a Grammy Traci I can see it already”). Traci has already put out the song “Last Call,” which is off of her album Crash & Burn, and she has been doing performances to promote it. Some love it, others think it’s a little boring, and a few people have claimed that Traci used autotune in it. Even though she appeared in the video, Tamar threw quite the bit of shade at such Grammy hopes and dreams for her big sis.
When people on Twitter put her on blast for shading her sister, Tamar deleted the tweet, defended herself, and gave sister Toni her props. She also called out a guy who works for Toni and Towanda Braxton, who she claims lied to her sisters about statements she made.
As for the guy she tried to put on blast (she used the wrong Twitter handle), he threw his own bit of shade at Tamar on Twitter.
Traci had no response to Tamar’s comments on Twitter. But I hope that they don’t let their reality show, their fame or the people who come with it (like this Zo character) negatively impact their relationships with one another. Totally not worth it. Support your sisters!
Those Braxton sisters stay with some drama, but have they finally reached the end of the road? WE tv recently debuted a teaser for season four of the popular series and it looks like the Braxton women have all reached their breaking point. For starters, Tamar basically quit the show during a super dramatic scene with the Braxton family therapist, Dr. Sherry.
“This is not who I am,” an emotional Tamar can be seen telling Dr. Sherry. “This is my last scene and season.”
Of course, we all know that Tamar can get really dramatic at times, so it’s hard to tell whether or not she was merely speaking from a place of hurt or if she actually plans on abandoning the show. So far, no announcements have been made regarding her future with BFV, but her departure wouldn’t be a complete shock. As you may recall, her WE tv spin-off, “Tamar & Vince,” caused a lot of tension and even seemed to stir up a bit of jealousy amongst the sisters. I suppose we’ll have to stay tuned to see what’s really going on.
The other sister who seems to have reached her tipping point is Towanda. In another scene from the teaser, Towanda goes into complete meltdown mode.
“Nobody cares! Nobody cares about me,” she screams before knocking a bunch of drinking glasses off of a table.
This season is definitely going to be an interesting one. “Braxton Family Values” returns to WE tv in August.
Watch the teaser below. Will you be tuning in?
We love that Toni Braxton is teaching her kids a hard lesson by charging them rent. Here are a few more tough mom tactics that save kids a lot of growing up later down the line.
You’ve Got to Work
The earlier they learn how to earn a living the better. Pay them for chores, let them get a part-time job or an internship. They’ll learn that the road to success is paved with work.
“Our Family Had Fallen Into Religious Extremism” Toni Braxton Talks Strict Upbringing, Nose Job & More In New Memoir
It looks like Toni Braxton is spilling all types of tea in this new memoir, Unbreak My Heart. Last week, we learned that she had an abortion and today, the day her book is being released, Toni is talking about her strict upbringing, her decision to have a nose job and just a bit about her bankruptcy issues.
In the novel she writes about growing up in Severn, Maryland with her four sisters, brother Michael and their parents. The family attended a very religious Apostolic Pentecostal church called Pillar of Truth. According to church rules women were expected to “cover their nakedness” by wearing skirts, full stockings and dresses throughout the year. If they did not heed these rules, they were condemned to hell.
Toni writes that these stringent rules made her view God and religion negatively.
“I began connecting religion, God and church with judgment, anxiety and guilt. Our family had fallen into religious extremism.”
As you know as soon as Toni got into the industry she rebelled against all of that. She was always the woman on the red carpet with the highest splits, baring the most cleavage, sometimes with a bare back to complete the look. You know what they say about what can happen to sheltered children once they leave the house… But her fashion wasn’t the only thing that changed. Toni had some plastic surgery pretty early on in her career as well.
“I’d been wanting to change my nose for years- I wanted it to be less broad. But because of the conservative ideas I was raised with, I struggled with the thought of altering my body. And of course, I later got my boobies done. I’d always been shaped like a gymnast-size double A breasts and thunder thighs. In fact, I wish I would’ve had lipo on my inner thighs. I’ve always hated them.”
Then Toni explains how she found herself in the bankruptcy situations.
Here’s the breakdown.
In her record deal, she was to be paid $1.6 million. But after taxes, managers and lawyer fees, she had spent a million and was left with $600,000. With that $600k, Toni bought a home, leased a Jeep Cherokee and was known for spending the night in the Four Seasons in New York. Her money was starting to dwindle.
But she doesn’t necessarily feel any remorse about that time in her life.
“My only regret was having no one to share the room with.”
Then after that, Clive Davis suggested she go on tour with Kenny G to gain more of a following with white audiences. She had to borrow $1 million to pay for the band, set, lighting, background dancers and wardrobe.
No way to pay back that debt, she had to file for bankruptcy. And because she was in debt, her next check was only for $2,000.
It wasn’t long before Toni owed $4 million. She sued her producer and Arista after having to file bankruptcy a second time. Toni signed a contract that let the record company receive the marketing costs of her albums, instead of underwriting them in expenses. So she was held responsible.
Toni won that lawsuit and received $20 million.
She’s had quite the life.
You can get Toni’s memoir Unbreak My Heart today.
You’re probably familiar with the rates by now: One in 10 women will have an abortion by age 20, one in four by age 30 and three in 10 by age 45. It makes it very likely that someone you know has had an abortion in their lifetime.
Toni Braxton is the latest to reveal that she has had an abortion in the past. In an exclusive Entertainment Tonight interview, the singer revealed more than ten years ago she became pregnant by her then boyfriend, Keri Lewis. At the time she was in the middle of a six-month prescription for Accutane, a prescription acne medication which can cause serious complications in pregnancy.
She decided to terminate the pregnancy, but admits in her new memoir “Unbreak My Heart” that she would’ve have come to the same conclusion even if she weren’t on the medication. The singer admits her decision was caused more by the refusal to inconvenience her lifestyle than any fear that her fetus had been harmed.
She confesses that the decision was followed by a huge amount of guilt from being raised in a strictly religious home that did not support abortion. She also admits that when her youngest son Diezel was diagnosed with autism, at times she felt that was God’s way of punishing her. She writes in her memoir,”Is God punishing me for that abortion?” The singer confesses she questioned if her lupus diagnosis and her parents’ messy divorce were God’s payback for her decision.
We are happy to see more and more women breaking their silence about such a very personal experience so that other women don’t feel so guilty and ashamed. Toni has had a lot of setbacks in her life so it’s nice to see her busy working again.
You can see what else the singer has to share on Entertainment Tonight on Monday. Check out a clip of the preview below:
“Happy” For Cee Lo, “Irreplaceable” For Faith Hill? Hit Songs Originally Meant For Other Artists (Part II)
Can you imagine if your favorite songs by your favorite artists were sung by someone completely different? Well, before the following songs were topping the charts and making us dance (or cry in one case), they were in the hands of other popular artists, who for some reason, decided that they wanted or needed to pass on the track. Here are 10 such examples of hit songs that were originally meant for other artists, but when they were rejected, became some of the biggest hits in the careers of these artists…
Cee Lo – “Happy”
In an interview with Howard Stern recently, Pharrell Williams revealed that the song that made him America’s black sweetheart was originally intended for Cee Lo, though it was written and produced by Williams. Not only was it originally intended for the “Forget You” singer, Cee Lo actually recorded a version of the song and everything, but his people weren’t feeling it:
“[Cee Lo Green] wanted to do it…and he did do it.
He burns my version! But…how do I say this diplomatically? The powers that be, at the time, did not see it fit for him…they elected not to do that song.”
If you saw Toni Braxton’s “Behind The Music,” you know that she didn’t think Oprah treated her well. When she went on her show, shortly after filing bankruptcy, she felt like Oprah wasn’t very sympathetic and instead tried to scold her for her financial irresponsibility. She recalled:
“She was so frickin’ mean to me, I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it because I loved her so much…She pretty much reprimanded me.
She says to me, ‘I heard you have Gucci flatware. I’m Oprah Winfrey and even I don’t have Gucci flatware.”
But that was years ago, over 15 years ago, to be exact. And it seems like the two have buried the hatchet because Toni is going to star in a new OWN movie.
Yesterday, during OWN Upfronts, Braxton and Winfrey took the stage together to announce their new collaboration for their project, “My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story.” If you’ve seen the documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom you may have heard of Darlene’s story. She is the background singer from some of our favorite old school R&B and soul hits.
According to OWN,
“executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Academy Award winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet From Stardom), “My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story” features the story of one of the 1960’s iconic musical voices, Darlene Love. Love began cutting records for producer Phil Spector right out of high school, and went on to work with some of the greatest musical talents in history, including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Whether it was the wild parties Tom Jones used to throw, how Elvis came on to her backstage at his 1968 comeback special, or her love affair with Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, Love holds nothing back as she recalls the exciting events that make up her life. This is the dishy and dramatic story of a woman who had it all, lost it all, but never, ever refused to give up. Love will also serve as an executive producer.”
The movie is set to premiere on OWN in December.